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Reflections: Peter Stampfel

Reflections: Peter Stampfel

Mike Greenhaus on April 8, 2021
Peter Stampfel was ready to dive into a massive, all-encompassing studio project featuring a standout song from every year of the 20th century when he had a major realization— he was out of touch with popular music. “I did a lot of research and instantly knew which songs I wanted to use for a lot […]
Baby Boys: The Freaks Come Out at Night

Baby Boys: The Freaks Come Out at Night

Justin Jacobs on April 7, 2021
photo credit: Graham Tolbert It’s only fitting that Caleb Hinz and Jake Luppen, two-thirds of the Saint Paul, Minn., pop-eccentrics Baby Boys, met in 10th grade chemistry class. On the trio’s debut LP, Threesome, their music—which splices ecstatic vocal loops, blown-out percussion, electronic bleeps and bloops, tropical guitars and stuttering found-sounds—explodes like a science experiment. […]
Future Islands: Singles Scene

Future Islands: Singles Scene

Ryan Reed on April 6, 2021
photo credit: Justin Flythe The same toxic relationship that inspired the surging synth-pop ecstasy of Future Islands’ 2014 breakout hit, “Seasons (Waiting on You),” also fueled the band’s atmospheric ballad “City’s Face” six years later. One damaged romance, two polar opposite songs. “It’s about someone who treated me really badly,” frontman Sam Herring says. “I […]